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Keith Barney

Senior Lecturer: Resources, Environment, and Development Group


Ph.D. (Geography, York University, Toronto, Canada, 2011) M.E.S. (Environmental Studies, York University, Toronto, Canada, 2002) B.Sc. (Biological Science, University of Guelph, Canada, 1998)

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Keith Barney has conducted research on the changing geographies of environment and development, and natural resource policy in Southeast Asia since 1999, including fieldwork in Lao PDR, Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Indonesia. His conceptual interests lie at the intersections between political ecology, economic geography, and agrarian change. He is particularly interested in how new political economies of resource development and extraction transform environments, alter property rights and local livelihoods, and produce new state-society relations in contemporary Southeast Asia.

From 2003, Keith’s primary focus for fieldwork and research has been in the endlessly fascinating country of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic. Laos also offers a particular geographical window for studying broader regional and global processes of political-economic and environmental transformation.

Keith is currently serving as the Crawford School’s Director for Higher Degree Research.

See Keith’s research on Google Scholar and ResearchGate

Career Highlights

  • 2021 ANU College of Asia and the Pacific- 1 student nomination for Excellence in Research Supervision
  • 2020 ANU College of Asia and the Pacific- 4 student nominations for Teaching Excellence, 2 nominations for Excellence in Research Supervision, 1 citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning
  • 2019 ANU College of Asia and the Pacific: 1 student nomination for Excellence in Research Supervision
  • 2018 Nominated for an Australian National University Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Research Supervision (Early Career Category)
  • 2017: ANU College of Asia and the Pacific- 1 student nomination for excellence in research supervision

Research interests

  • Resources and Economic Geography
  • Political Ecology
  • Rural Livelihoods & Agrarian Transformations
  • Rural Labour Migration
  • Forest and Land Policy
  • Resource Tenure and Property Rights
  • Community-Based Natural Resource Management (CBNRM)
  • Social and Environmental Impacts of Hydropower Development in the Mekong Region
  • Lao Politics, Economy & Society
  • Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining in Asia
  • Commodity Chain and Value Chain Analysis


Semester 1 2021:

On parental leave

Semester 2, 2021:

EMDV 8009 Asia-Pacific Resource Conflicts

EMDV 8066 Research Project

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